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Classroom Mini Marsh Program WHAT IS THE CLASSROOM MINI MARSH PROGRAM? For over 20 years the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) have been offering free Mini Marsh kits that include instructions, different types of rooted marsh plants, a bowl, gravel and a snail. Plant the shoots in the gravel, maintain the water level in the bowl, and watch your Mini Marsh grow. At the end of the school year the plants should be returned for planting in Cootes Paradise Marsh, connecting students with the restoration of this significant Hamilton Harbour ecosystem.

WHAT’S NEW IN 2014? This year the Classroom Mini Marsh program is being improved to better suit the needs of its participants: 1) Teachers that are new to the program will attend a workshop that highlights the importance of marshes and wetlands to the ecological health of our watershed, and provides an update on the restoration progress of Cootes Paradise Marsh. 2) Teachers that have participated before can pick up their kits on the chosen dates; attendance to the workshop is not required.

WHY BRING A MARSH INTO YOUR CLASSROOM? The Classroom Mini Marsh can assist teachers in meeting student learning expectations in the Science and Technology component of both the elementary and secondary curriculum.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Space is limited for this program. Please return the attached form by fax or email. There is no online option to register online this year. Important note: for those that have participated in Mini Marsh before, you have the option of picking up your kit on April 23 OR 24. For those that are new to the program, you must attend the workshop on April 24. Kits for new participants can be picked up at this time. Pickup will be held at the Royal Botanical Gardens Nature Interpretative Centre (Old Guelph Road, Dundas).

To Register: Email: Fax: 905-522-6066 (Attn: Kelly Pike, BARC) For information call 905-527-7111

Classroom Mini Marsh Program REGISTRATION FORM - Deadline to register: April 1, 2014 Register: Scan and email to or Fax this form: (905) 522-6066 (Attn: Kelly Pike, BARC) Teacher’s Name: _______________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________ Email: ___________________ School Board: ________________ School Name: __________________________________________ School Address: ________________________________________ City: ___________________ Postal Code: ___________________ Number of kits – max. 1 per class __________________________ Note: one person can attend on a school’s behalf and collect up to 10 kits. What grades are the kit(s) for? ____________________________ I have participated in Classroom Mini Marsh before: Yes


New participants: I will attend the workshop on April 24 from 4:30 – 6pm (please check this box to confirm) Returning Participants: Preferred date (between 3:30pm and 5pm) – check box: Wednesday, April 23 Thursday, April 24 When our school is done with the Mini Marsh kits we will (check box): Return them to the RBG Nature Centre Plant them in a wetland near our school Plant them in another wetland I don’t know Other (please specify): _______________________________ You will be sent a confirmation email in early April. Thank you!

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